Pope convenes Mideast envoys amid Islamic threat

Pope Francis has convened his ambassadors from across the Middle East for three days of meetings to try to better protect Christians targeted by Islamic militants.

Petition in support of US nuns reaches Vatican

A 17,000-name petition in support of Roman Catholic nuns in the United States deemed too liberal by the Vatican has been delivered to the Holy See, organizers said Monday.

Vatican`s approval of Iraq strikes a rare exception to peace policy

The Holy See`s ambassador to the United Nations, Silvano Tomasi, this weekend supported US air strikes aimed at halting the advance of Sunni Islamic State (IS) militants, calling for "intervention now, before it is too late".

UN denounces Vatican on sex abuse, abortion

A UN human rights committee denounced the Vatican on Wednesday for adopting policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades, and urged it to open its files on the paedophiles and the churchmen who concealed their crimes.

Kerry talks Syria with Vatican before peace talks

Vatican urged unconditional ceasefire in Syria and involvement of all regional players including Iran in peace talks starting next week, as US Secretary of State John Kerry visited the Holy See.

Benedict to move into retirement home inside Vatican

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is expected to take up residence inside a renovated ex-monastery inside the Vatican, according to sources within the Holy See.

Belgium: 80 to sue Vatican over sex abuse

The church scandal surfaced last April with revelations of a bishop abusing his nephew for 13 years.